Setup Tutorials for Preference

Welcome to the Setup Tutorials for Preference. These are the standard guidelines to help you install, configure, and customize your newly downloaded theme. If you have any requests for additional tutorials relating to this theme, please contact me and I will review your suggestions. These tutorials are also based on the assumption you have a basic understanding of how WordPress works.

Setup your own logo or website title with description

December 24, 2013 |
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With Preference, you get the option of having: Default logo Your own logo Site Title and Site Description (set in h1 and h2 tags respectively) Right now the default logo looks like this: Setup Your Own Logo Create your logo in your favourite image program like Photoshop, Illustrator, or other, and save it as a jpg, png, or gif format Go to Appearance >> Themes >> click on Customize Click on the Site Title & Tagline tab on the left side Select the “Your Logo” option, at which point the preview window will now show the default logo gone Click on the Your Logo dropdown and then browse, then choose your logo you created to upload. After a few moments, your new logo will be uploaded and the preview will show it Click Save & Publish at the top then “Close“  Setup Your Site Title and Description  Go to Appearance >>…    read more 

Introduction to the theme Customizer for Preference

December 24, 2013 |
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With Preference, you get several options that are built-into the theme to give you the ability to personalize your website by using the available customization features that come with this theme. Normally theme sites code in third party option panels, but I decided to keep to the official WordPress methods by taking full advantage of their built-in customizer (new to WordPress 3.4). To see what the customizer looks like, you can check out the screenshots below: Preference Customization Options As you can see in the above screenshot, you get option tabs, each with a series of settings that let you customize your new theme in “real time”…which means as you make a change, you can see the result dynamically in the right side window. The benefit of this is that you can see what something looks like before making it official and live to the public. Available Options Site Title…    read more 

Modify your theme using a CHILD THEMES

December 24, 2013 |
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If you plan to customize your theme, WordPress and Styled Themes recommends you use the Child Theme method instead of directly modifying the actual theme files. If you update a theme and you made modifications, guess what will happen? Your modifications will be totally lost and you will have to do it all over again. However, if you make your modifications using a Child Theme, then your changes will not be affected whenever you update the original theme (often called the Parent Theme). When to Use a Child Theme? When you need to make a colour change to any element that is not part of the customizer or theme option settings When you want to change a font When you want to change part of the layout When you want to add something of your own ….basically any changes you want to make to the official theme you downloaded As WordPress…    read more 

Installing Preference

December 24, 2013 |
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There are at least two popular methods of installing a theme into WordPress: Using the built-in Installer Manually uploading the theme The first thing you will need to do is to download the theme to your desktop and then unzip the file “preference-package.zip” because inside this is your actual theme file. Using the Installer Once you unzipped the package, you will need to log into your site’s admin area (dashboard as WordPress calls it). Go to Appearance >> Themes When on the themes page, clickon the “Install Themes” tab Click on the text link “Upload“, browse for the st_preference.zip and then click “Install Now“ Once uploaded and it’s installed, click “Activate” and then you’re done! Manual Install For most people, you won’t be using this method but is available as an alternative. Unzip the preference-package.zip file to your desktop Open your FTP program Find the unzipped folder “preference-package” and make…    read more 

Introduction to Preference

December 24, 2013 |
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Welcome to the Preference introduction…as you go through these setup tutorials, I will be assuming you already know the basics of how WordPress functions and that hopefully, although not required, that you have at least some basic knowledge of CSS and HTML. If you don’t, you really should have these skills because at some point whether you are using my themes or others, you may need to make some form of modification adjustment to a page element or style. About Preference Preference is a theme that was designed to cover a wide range of types of business websites from blogs to full sized sites. To give you an idea, here are some ideal uses: Personal or simple business blogging Information based websites Professionals such as lawyers, accountants, consultants, etc. E-Commerce Corporate intranets Hospitality industry Design and Illustrative fields I am sure there are more but overall the idea is to…    read more